Grace Poe Seeks Creation of Unit to Mind Disaster Risk Management

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Grace Poe Seeks Creation of Unit to Mind Disaster Risk Management


By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senator Grace Poe is seeking the creation of a new agency that would implement disaster risk reduction and management policies and programs in the country.

Poe, thru her Senate Bill 1735, pushed for the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience and Emergency Management, which shall be the authority in the policy-making, planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of programs relating to disaster risk reduction and management.

The senator cited the need to strengthen the country's disaster risk reduction and management system and institutions, particularly the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The NDRRMC was created through the Republic Act 10121 in 2010, after Typhoon Ondoy displaced 4.9 million families, and led to the declaration of a state of calamity in 23 provinces including Metro Manila.

Poe said that the impact of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, however, warrants the improvement of the country's disaster risk reduction and management. It was considered the strongest typhoon that hit the country after it left 5,500 dead, 1.14 million houses destroyed and P24 billion worth of infrastructure and agricultural damages in the Visayas region.

"Typhoon Yolanda was clearly several orders of magnitude above Ondoy. …

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